User interface

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NetHack's user interface is primarily ASCII. Graphical interfaces based on tiles are available for nearly all platforms, and some platforms have exotic interfaces such as Falcon's Eye, Vulture's Eye and glHack.

Even using only ASCII, the curses interface provides much of the convenience normally associated with windowing systems. It is available on the public server NAO.

A screenshot of the ASCII interface is below. Click on some parts to find out what they mean.

Font size and some other aspects of NetHack's user interface are actually configured in your terminal emulator, e.g. on Windows: PuTTY or the default terminal (aka command prompt).

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